THOMAS PINK CREATES UNIQUE PAPER INSTALLATION AND SHOWCASES MICHAEL CAINE INSPIRED AUTUMN/WINTER 2015 COLLECTION AT LONDON COLLECTIONS: MEN
Saturday night at London Collections: Men was an exciting one for myself, as I would be gaining an insight into the brains behind the seasoned veteran in formal menswear aka Thomas Pink, the leading Jermyn St shirt maker who unveiled its London inspired Autumn/Winter 15 Collection at the Institute of Contemporary Arts.
Jermyn Street has always been the epicentre of formalwear and in particular shirts. Being in the shirt business myself with Hawkins & Shepherd (albeit a very new niche player), I have the upmost respect for my competition as they have been there done it, gone through tough times and great times and are still able to design what we as a consumer expect and love.
Obviously the designs on show are the main interest but Thomas Pink also totally nailed the atmosphere surrounding the event with a backdrop of a 30ft ‘long bar’ constructed entirely out of paper, each model bartender and punter showcased a different ‘Pink’ look.
Florence Torrens, Creative Director at Thomas Pink, says; “Shirts will always be at the heart of what we do, but they inspire other pieces to complete the look. At Thomas Pink we’re broadening our offer to include more tailoring, outerwear and knitwear. To highlight this we worked with James Cropper - the oldest traditional paper mill in the UK - and Flow Creation - a group of highly skilled paper architects - to build an installation echoing the blank canvas of a white shirt. Inspired by the architecture of the ICA building itself, we re-created elements of the room in paper to embellish the bar.”
Frederik Willems, Head of Design at Thomas Pink, says; “Autumn/Winter 15 is inspired by a heady mix of London’s well known landmarks, motifs and characters. From Sir Michael Caine in the 1971 film ‘Get Carter’, to The Coach and Horses pub in Soho, we’ve drawn upon urban influences to create a collection which is daringly bold and eclectic in style. We’ve played with weaves and texture to develop solid colours with subtle design features and added intrigue. Checks and herringbone play a pivotal role throughout.”
Personally I love what Thomas Pink have designed here, they have touched on a lot of trends for AW15 such as mix 'n' match suit tailoring, touches of pink and a truck load of class.
If you haven't already, please take a read of my 'TOP 5 TRENDS AT LC:M AW15'.
I particularly like the Prince of Wales check used on the shirts, suits and accessories. It is something that as a designer myself I can see pastel tones of the Prince of Wales check hitting stores for the SS15 then more bold colours as showcased here at Thomas Pink for AW15.